September 3rd, 2010
08:12 AM ET
12 years ago

Palin's 'impotent' comments make rounds

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/03/art.palin.0903a.gi.jpg caption =" Sarah Palin has set the blogosphere ablaze again."](CNN) - Sarah Palin has managed to set the blogosphere ablaze again, this time after appearing to use sexual metaphors to slam mainstream media reporters who rely on anonymous sources.

"Those who are impotent and limp and gutless and they go on their anonymous - sources that are anonymous - and impotent, limp and gutless reporters take anonymous sources and cite them as being factual references," Palin said in her criticism of the press. "It just slays me because it's so absolutely clear what the state of yellow journalism is today that they would take these anonymous sources as fact."

The comments, made Wednesday on Sean Hannity's radio program, appeared to be fueled by an unflattering Vanity Fair profile out the same day that, relying heavily on unnamed sources, claimed the former Alaska governor had a 'mean temper.'

"When a story is filled with those, we know it's bogus," she also said.

Palin's latest choice of words made the rounds on countless blogs and Twitter feeds Thursday.

"I agree [with] Palin on overuse of unnamed sources, but calling reporters 'impotent' and 'limp'? Did she have to go there?" tweeted Howie Kurtz, a Washington Post media critic and CNN contributor.


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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. Independent

    As my late Granny used to say, "The TRUTH HURTS!!!! But, yet she sure knows how to use the media doesn't she????

    September 3, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  2. atypical

    and it "slays me" to keep seeing this woman in the media.

    September 3, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. G

    Per Sarah: "and impotent, limp and gutless reporters take anonymous sources and cite them as being factual references" – how does this jibe with her "death panel" reference in the past?

    September 3, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. Northdakota

    "Impotent" and "limp" is more apt than many may think. Current journalists are killing the art for future journalists, selling themselves out... its sad . very sad for everyone

    September 3, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  5. DJ in TX

    So, she can make comments like "death panels" WITHOUT sources to back that claim, it's OK. WOW. So saying she has a "mean temper"............I think her choice of words now PROVE that source. This woman is so hypocritical.

    The state of MN just said they didn't want Pawlenty as President, their own governor, but up against Palin, he won hands down...............That says a lot right there.

    September 3, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  6. robert

    about as bogus as your qualifications you waste of space airhead.

    September 3, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. Megan

    "they would take these anonymous sources as fact." Ahahahhahahaha, say the person who works for Faux news. Oh the irony, it's delicious.

    September 3, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  8. NoBama

    Wow, are you ever desperate. Grasping at straws. It is obvious you can't defend the current administration so you attack the opposition with lame, empty accusations. I laugh out load at lame journalists.

    September 3, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  9. Sam Sixpack

    Thank you propaganda blog. Thank you for filling our empty heads with simple hateful things we can say to each other so we can feel smart. Thank you for bringing Palin up over and over and over and over and over again so we don't have to deal with anything that requires any thought. Help us remember to vote for the people who stole our grandmothers' Medicare dollars.

    September 3, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. VV

    "Those who are impotent and limp and gutless and they go on their anonymous – sources that are anonymous – and impotent, limp and gutless reporters take anonymous sources and cite them as being factual references,"

    What is that? Can she even form a sentence?

    September 3, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. Papasan in AZ

    Fascism has come to America wrapped in the U.S. flag and carrying a cross...
    What the Fascists fear most of all is intelligence.
    Stay stupid America, they love you that way.

    September 3, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  12. Daniel

    Palin probably suffers from a subconscious psychological state called penis envy, first postulated by Sigmund Freud as a cause of feelings of inferiority and psychic conflict, and often resulting in attempts to verbally or physically emasculate males.

    September 3, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  13. Mr. Man

    Mrs. Palin, the limp reporter has struck a nerve, hasn't he?

    September 3, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  14. karen from Charlottesville

    The lady doth protest too much.

    September 3, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  15. joyce

    The media gives her to much coverage whether it is good or bad. If they would just ignore her maybe she would go away.

    September 3, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  16. chahta

    Look up the word, "impotent", in the dictionary American public!. It has many more meanings that the one focused on by the critics of Palin's statement. In fact there are four definitions that supersede the one that refers to males sexual functionality!

    September 3, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. Tam

    That is a sentence?! In what language?

    Oh, to hold a live impromptu interview with this non-human - no cards, no palms, just questions and answers! Broadcast it, print it verbatim.

    What entertainment!

    September 3, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  18. Joe

    This comes from a woman who consistently speaks half-truths and outright lies...the hypocrisy is stunning.

    September 3, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. Sniffit

    Looks like Mr. Palin has been lacking in the sack lately.

    September 3, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. mdn

    Isn't it obvious, from her rhetoric, that she is a mean and possibly a mannerless person? Her language and choice of words, serve as evidence as to what type of person we are dealing with. Thanks John McCain!

    September 3, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  21. Geoffrey

    When Palin says this kind of stuff, does she remember what she herself has said of Political opponents? She made some outrageous statements during the Presidential campaign which were slanderous and unfounded. That she has this narcissistic and double standard actually substantiates the Vanity Fair article.

    September 3, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  22. Dave

    Uhhh, we didn't need confirmation that she was an evil person. We can tell.

    September 3, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  23. John

    How does she in her self righteous mind try to explain yellow journalism when she works for Fox Noise who is the leader in yellow journalism?
    She is devoid of ethics and devoid of intelligence which of course she abhors.
    And she is the voice of the Tea Party and the Republican Party.
    People wake up and use your intelligence to see through stupidity!

    September 3, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  24. Amazed

    "When a story is filled with those, we know it's bogus," she also said.

    Sarah...ahh... no we don't. And actually you back up the retaliation assertions quite nicely with your randon, idiotic demeanor.

    September 3, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  25. AEK

    Speaking of impotent, limp, and gutless, how about a "politician" who only speaks in person to her buddies at Faux News or through Facebook and Twitter?

    September 3, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
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